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Seat Leon Eurocup Estoril15a– The Portuguese circuit hosts the second round of the international series this
– Mikel Azcona (PCR Sport) heads the standings followed closely by Fran Rueda (Monlau Competición) and Pol Rosell (Baporo Motorsport)
– Home race for Manuel Gião and Lourenço Beirão

One of Portugal’s finest motorsport circuits, Estoril, will entertain the second round of the 2015 SEAT Leon Eurocup this weekend. After an exciting opening event of the campaign in France (Paul Ricard), the European tour continues with Portugal next on the schedule and where the SEAT Leon Cup Racer will dish out another dose of excitement and thrills for fans already plotting their visit to the renowned Portuguese venue.

At Estoril, 32 drivers from 15 nationalities will compete in the two races across the weekend to strengthen their case for the 2015 championship. Each competitor will be looking to extract every once of performance of their SEAT Leon Cup Racer in the run to the best set of results in this prestigious contest and across the layout situated in the rocky setting of Estoril. The track is 4.360km in length and is formed from nine right hand curves and four left turns and consists of several sharp uphill and downhill sections that help bring a special flavour to the facility that was built in 1972. Its location close to the Atlantic means that the drivers could find a range of weather conditions in store, above all they’ll have to cope with strong winds that are typical of the area.

In Portugal, Spaniard Mikel Azcona (PCR Sport) arrives as leader of the series after the two first races of the season on the French course of Paul Ricard. Close in the table are countrymen Fran Rueda (Monlau Competición) and Pol Rosell (Baporo Motorsport) in second and third positions and three and four points away from the top spot respectively. Local fans will be focused on the efforts of Manuel Gião (Baporo Motorsport), who was runner-up in the 2014 SEAT Leon Eurocup. Gião is highly motivated for his home round after a complicated weekend on the French asphalt. The Portuguese boasts two victories and three podiums on his ‘resume’ and is now hoping to add to the tally while also bagging his first points on Saturday and Sunday. Also under the spotlight will be Lourenço Beirão, who was unfortunately unable to finish either race at Paul Ricard.

Taking into account the Ladies Trophy then Lucile Cypriano is the pace-setter in the new division after taking a point in the French fixture. The nineteen year old rookie has shown some rare and innate talent and is hoping for more rewards for her efforts and development demonstrated so far in Paul Ricard, where she classified eighth in her first race.

“After the success of Paul Ricard we now head onto Portugal where the SEAT Leon Eurocup arrives with more momentum than ever,” comments Jaime Puig, SEAT Sport Director. “Estoril, the home of Manuel Gião and Lourenço Beirão, is a circuit where a prediction can be difficult both in terms of the sport and the weather. What is clear is that neither will budge and this adds a lot of excitement to the championship. Something else worth mentioning is that we’ve thought out various themed ‘zones’ that will suit the whole family. The SEAT Leon Eurocup is pure adrenaline…but it is also a fun space where you can really absorb the full experience.”

For more information about the SEAT Leon Eurocup, visit http://www.seat-sport.com/eurocup

The SEAT Leon Eurocup is a SEAT Sport competition which this year celebrates its second edition.

Races were held over six weekends in the first year and the new season will feature seven rounds, at several renowned European circuits. The single-brand competition visits seven different European tracks: Paul Ricard (France), Estoril (Portugal), Silverstone (UK), Red Bull Ring
(Austria), Nürburgring (Germany), Monza (Italy) and the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (Spain).

The drivers will again compete in the SEAT Leon Cup Racer, which captures the innovative spirit of SEAT, combining a striking design and a powerful engine. The image of the SEAT Leon Cup Racer displays all its power at first glance yet the DNA of the Leon family design remains intact. Although it has been developed from scratch by the SEAT Sport team as a race car, the Cup Racer is closely related to the SEAT Leon CUPRA, the brands most powerful model in terms of sports performance and driving pleasure.

These front wheel drive cars are equipped with a turbocharged two-litre engine which delivers a maximum power of 330hp, also featuring a dual-clutch DSG six-speed gearbox, widely adjustable suspension and powerful competition brakes, plus an FIA homologated roll-over protection system.

Since 1970, the Spanish brand has built a rich automotive heritage, winning two World Touring Car Championships (2008 and 2009) and three titles in the World Rally Championship two litre category (1996-1998), in addition to organizing successful single-brand competitions around the world. Through other international and regional programs, SEAT Sport has also won over 25 rally and touring car titles.

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